from Ben Walsh:

Apple > Goldman (in revenue and profit per employee)

November 1, 2013

Fortune's Philip Elmer-Dewitt finds an interesting chart in a research note from ISI's Brian Marshall. Apple is bringing in far, far more revenue per employee than other US tech companies.

Tablet wars: Apple cedes market share to Samsung

November 1, 2013

Today is the release date for Apple’s new iPad Air. Globally, Apple continues to dominate the growing tablet market. But as these Reuters charts show, in the last year, Samsung has been gaining ground, more than doubling the number of tablets it has shipped, and taking market share from Apple:

Teens may have cooled on Facebook, but investors haven’t

October 31, 2013

As Reuters reports, Facebook’s stock was up as much as 15% in extended trading yesterday, despite some worrying new information about the site’s popularity. Facebook’s daily usage in the US has plateaued of late, and the company’s CFO said yesterday that young teens aren’t flocking to the site at the rate they once were:

Syria’s polio outbreak threatens millions of children: WHO

October 30, 2013

A polio outbreak in Syria posses a threat to millions of children in the Middle East, the World Health Organization said yesterday. Here’s more from Reuters:

The problem with moving away from coal power

October 30, 2013

On Tuesday, the US government announced it would stop investing coal power plants around the world in an effort to combat climate change. Here are the details from Reuters:

Apple’s earnings: higher sales, lower margins

October 29, 2013

Apple’s quarterly earnings were released yesterday, with results that were in line with forecasts but down significantly from this time last year. From Reuters:

Half the world’s beer comes from four companies

October 28, 2013

Reuters reports  this morning that the world of big brewers could become even more consolidated. The timing may be right for the long-rumored $100 billion merger between Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, Philip Blenkinsop and Martinne Geller report:

The great economic reshuffle

October 28, 2013

Branko Milanovic, the lead economist at the World Bank’s research department, has a new paper out on global income inequality (the paper was first spotted by John McDermott). Among other things, Milanovic compares the change in global income from 1988 to 2008:

U.S. consumer sentiment took a huge hit in October

October 25, 2013

On the heels of the 16-day government shutdown, US consumer sentiment took a huge hit in October. From Reuters:

On Twitter’s modest IPO ambitions

October 25, 2013

Twitter revealed more details on its initial public offering valuation yesterday, surprising Wall Street with pared-down ambitions compared to Facebook’s IPO last year. “Twitter had signaled for weeks it would price its IPO modestly to avoid the sort of stock plummet that spoiled Facebook’s coming-out party,” Reuters reports.